Even when I was pregnant, the day that my daughter would start solid foods was something I was super excited about. I was excited because we live in such a huge city with so many different cuisines and flavors and tastes and I couldn’t wait to introduce it all to my little one.
I remember when my little brother was a tiny baby, I woke up one morning to my mother starting my brother on cereal. I walked up to him, his tiny mouth a total mess and he gave me the biggest smile. I still think about it and it melts my heart. It’s still so strange to me that the tables have turned and now I’m the one with my precious little baby and she’s embarking on a new journey of her development. But I wanted to do a few things different…
First off, I didn’t want my daughter to start cereals or rice right away. I know that it’s a great baby food that keeps babies feeling full but I don’t really feel that they offer much in terms of nutrition. I also think that foods like fruits and cereal are easy. When I was thinking of foods to start Petra on, I headed straight for the veggies. I’ve always been such a big vegetable lover. My mother can attest that I refused to eat meat but I could down a salad with lemon juice squeezed on it like it was nobody’s business. Even during my pregnancy, I craved cucumbers drowned in lemon juice with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and cumin. Lukasz, on the other hand, was raised on heartier meals including plenty of meats (hey Kielbasa) and root veggies like potatoes. So who’s to say what Petra will like more! This is what’s so fun about introducing kids to new foods!
For Petra’s first food, I pureed sweet potato using a Baby Bullet my parents sent us, which I absolutely loved. I boiled one sweet potato and blended it with a little bit of water and it made like a million servings! (Ok, more like 6) The Baby Bullet came with a storage system as well which is absolutely adorable and convenient. I can freeze foods for later and I can also refrigerate them in cute little containers that have a date dial so I can always make sure the food I made is fresh.
So Petra’s first taste of the sweet potato was not so great. To be honest, I feel like the reason was mostly due to her learning how to swallow something thicker than breast milk. A majority of the potato ended up on her bib and halfway through our feeding session, she thought it would be adorable if she could just blow raspberries while her mouth was full (she was right, it was really cute, dammit.) And I have to admit, having never tried to teach a baby to eat before, it was a little discouraging… I don’t know if I expected her to love it right away.
But I continued to feed her one serving day after day and by the third day, she was loving the sweet potato and a majority of it ended up in her tummy this time around. I made pureed apples and pureed avocados this morning. It’s also important to remember to try one veggie at a time, in case they’re allergic to any of them!
A couple of books I’m currently checking out on this subject are Around The World in 80 Purees which is a book about worldly baby food to start at 6 months and 201 Organic Baby Purees, the title says it all. I highly recommend both.